scratchbuilt Spanish cruiser Infanta Maria Teresa

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  1. paperboy

    paperboy Member

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    This is my first build post here @ cardmodels.net and I'm excited to be doing this. i posted here a while ago regarding info on this ship and slowly began to gather information. The Infanta Maria Teresa was the flagship of R. Adm. Cervera at the battle of Santiago during the Spanish-American war and was the lead ship of 3 in it's class of protected cruiser. These ships were an offshoot of the British Orlando cruisers and I think are pretty distinctive looking. I want to credit Jose Pillet for all the information that he has provided in my endeavor. I'll add more next week as I build more , so for now here are a few pics.

    Vern

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  2. barry

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    spanish cruiser

    Looks impressive
  3. swiftsword

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    Yes! Excellent! Can you post some details on your construction method? CAD? Pencil? It looks like you paint the parts after they go on?

    More, please!


    Cheers,


    Oliver
  4. paperboy

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    Yes I used line drawings of the ship as well as deck plans and hull lines as drawn by Julio Pillet, which I believe he had gotten from Spanish Naval Archives and after settling on 1/200 scale began preparing a waterline base main deck and centerline profile of the ship. hull lines were reproduced on the computer and cut and laminated as were the other main forms. The planking was hand drawn in and the deck was colored with a Prismacolor Goldenrod pen that I think looks really good. I used textured 110 lb watercolor paper so the deck has some character. I have realized that I made a mistake on the
    bow and stern cannon ports. I'll have to figure out how to fix that. Early this week i will be installing the deck houses and completing the main deck gun shielding. Before this project I have only done models produced by Maly and JSC. so actually have to figure out how to make everything has been a lot of fun. I'll post more as I get a chance.

    Vernon
  5. lrjanzen

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    Excellent! I will follow eagerly. Love Pre-Deadnoughts! I am building the Oregon now. Are you planning on selling a copy? on another note does anyone kow of threads that deal with scratch building ships? A walk through of how to do it? I might want to give this a try.
  6. Gregory Shoda

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    Spanish cruiser scratchbuilding

    Paperboy:

    Good luck on your model! Looks very interesting so far. Have fun! We will be watching your progress.
  7. SCEtoAux

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    Good looking model so far.

    Reading line drawings of ship's hulls is fun, isn't it? I have a book with lots of line drawings from ships spanning the years 1700-1855 called The Search For Speed Under Sail by Howard I. Chapelle. Interesting stuff.:) :)
  8. paperboy

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    re:Chapelle

    I think that is the book that I photocopied and later lost ouch!
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    Great work paperboy! Interesting subject for sure.

    Can't wait for more updates...
  10. paperboy

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    Ok.. I finally had a little time to work on the Infanta and was able to build the fore and aft superstructure...kind of a misnomer as they only enclose the boat deck and I build up the insides of the gun shields and formed the pads for the anchors. Today I hope to get the deck houses ,conning tower, stacks,barbettes and the top of the gun shields done. work..work...work!
    I love doing this ship, I think that I have thought of nothing else for a while.
    Lonnie asked if I was thinking of selling it or plans and I can honestly say that I haven't considered it. Enough for now.

    Vern

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    How about my thread on the "Livadia" at Kartonbau?

    http://www.kartonbau.de/wbb2/thread.php?threadid=5423



    Cheers,


    Oliver
  12. paperboy

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    Hi All
    I was able to get a little more done and I'vee added 2 pics. I built the barbettes for the main guns,placed the top of the gun shield on and I've been making ventilators and stacks. I'll be working on it this weekend and posting more pics as I go.

    Vern

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  13. paperboy

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    hi All

    more pics to post of work done this weekend.

    Vernon

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    I've been watching this with great interest. She's coming along very well. You're making it very tempting to get into building ships from this period as well, excellant work.
  15. paperboy

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    just a short post w/ some more pics. I've got to start work on the 5.5 guns and shields and the main guns and turrets.

    Thanks Vernon

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  16. paperboy

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    Hi All

    I was lucky to be able to get some work done this weekend and it has been satisfying. Late last night I made prototypes for the main turrets out of supersculpy. I think that I will form 67lb. paper over these to make the turret.
    If anyone has a good idea I welcome the input. funnels and 5.5 guns and shields are the critter de jour for this week and then its boat building time.
    i've loaded a pic of the boat deck frame pattern overlaid on the ship and the protos of the turrets.

    I say a good Veterans Day to all our Vets,young and old.

    Vern

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  17. Gregory Shoda

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    Infanta Maria Teresa

    Very ambitious build! Your plans seem to be very detailed. Compound curves such as the gun hoods & the ventillators are difficult to work with. Don't see how you are going to plate the scupty. Good luck!
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    Hi, Vern!:)

    Superb job...scratch build, you say? Well then it's a brilliant job!
    I love the colors you used on the main deck, it really looks great!

    Can't wait to see the next update.

    Cheers!
    Jim
  19. paperboy

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    Ok My sidetrip into attention deficit helped me a little. I'm still unable to get the boat supports the way I want them to be but I was able to built the stacks. I 've got to add the steam lines and paint them and the stacks.
    i've got to get some supplies and tomorrow hopefully will be a great day.


    Vern


















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  20. paperboy

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    Hi all
    I wanted to post a pic of the ship to show how it looks and i was frankly horrified at the little white paint skips. I have been making the 5.5 cm guns
    but only have 3 made. And I thought building the hull was going to tough.

    I have a question for the Experten here. What is the best way to make stairs? I have 3 straight stairs, the curved stairs from the bridge and the gangways to build and I can use some help.



    Vernon

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